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    New to the Willy's family

    My wife recently purchased two 1953 Willy's trucks. One has the body with a Willy's car engine mounted in it the other was a frame with the original hurricane engine in it. Not sure what kind of car engine. we are new to the restoration world but wanted to know where to begin. Do we break down the frame with the hurricane or do we start on the interior of the truck. Or should we just strip the truck and work on restoring that first. I suggested the truck since the body was intact. But didn't want to get to far ahead of the wife on the interior. And do I take everything off the engine and just get it out of the truck?some help please.
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    Your wife went shopping and bought TWO Willys trucks? Can I borrow her and let her go shopping for me? (Just kidding - I don't want to get shot!)

    How bad is the metal on the truck? Holes, missing places? What do you know about the two engines? Is the "car" engine a flathead or a four cylinder with a valve cover?

    If neither engine has run "in a long time", it really is a good idea to go ahead and pull the engine and do a tear down to see if there are any internal issues. Finding a cracked block (the crack is usually down where the distributor shaft goes to the oil pump drive gear) after everything else is done is a real bummer...

    There is probably no real exactly correct answer, but - be careful with what you do with your wife's trucks...

    The old trucks clean up really nice though ...
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    I have stripped as much as I can off the engine in the truck. By what I've been seeing it may be a Willy's roadster engine. I've also broken down everything on the frame that has the hurricane. It has a lot of work to be done. I'm not sure but I think I'm gonna have to check for cracks. Is this worth trying to rebuild?
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